Ben Badler does a great job running down all the moves and signings so far.
If understand the slot system, this means the Dodgers got four players and saved spending $1.3 million, which further reduces their pool, which means they will pay a higher tax on the money they already spent. Right?
With the two deals, the Dodgers acquired four players for $1,320,300 in overage tax for international signings.
In 1998, around 20 Venezuelans were playing in the MLB. In 2014, they numbered almost 100.
In those 16 years, Santana and Félix Hernández won three Cy Young Awards between them; Cabrera won the Triple Crown and was twice named MVP; Ordóñez, Altuve, Cabrera and Carlos González won six batting titles; García, Santana, Hernández and Aníbal Sánchez had the lowest ERA during seven different seasons; and Francisco Rodríguez smashed Bobby Thigpen’s saves record.
Ordóñez, Altuve, Valbuena ...
“The biggest problem in Puerto Rico is lack of dedication,” Posada said. “In Puerto Rico there is less of a need to play baseball. But the draft also makes it tough. You have kids here who are 16 and 17 competing against kids in the states who are already in junior college. So we just try our best to give them a good start, help them develop the tools, bodies, arms and the rest will come.”
But what about the big elephant-in-the-room question? Isn’t asking Caribbean scouts to find ...
Here’s some players to keep an eye on.
Does anyone know how these numbers are determined?
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